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Fans Heckle Bloomberg At Jets Rally In Times Square

Revelers Chant 'Plow Our Streets' As Mayor Takes Stage

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — If you’re a Jets Fan, Times Square was the place to be Thursday night.

Well, except if you’re the mayor.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Jets hosted a rally on Broadway between 42nd and 43rd streets in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The iconic Times Square Ball was illuminated green & white in honor of their trip to the AFC Championship Game.

About a thousand fans all dressed in green attended the rally in anticipation of Sunday’s game. However, elation quickly turned to frustration when Bloomberg took the stage. Chants of  “J-E-T-S, JETS! JETS! JETS!” quickly turned to “PLOW OUR STREETS,” 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.

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Fan giveaways, including Jets Playoff Rally Towels and Foam Fingers, helped to get the crowd back in good spirits.

In addition to Bloomberg, Jets owner Woody Johnson, General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, safety Jim Leonhard, nose tackle Kris Jenkins and the Flight Crew cheerleaders were all on hand to get the fans pumped up for Sunday.

Peter Haskell at Times Square with hundreds of fans.

1010 WINS Reporter Al Jones with the Jets fans in Times Square.


A father-son duo from Long Island brought the "Jetsmobile" to the rally in Times Square on Jan. 20, 2011. (Photo: CBS 2)

“It’s a great year,” Holbrook resident Kurt Paschke Sr. said. “We’ve been waiting for this year.”

Along with millions of Jets fans celebrating Sunday’s win against the Patriots were a father and son duo from Long Island. The Paschkes created the Jetsmobile as a tribute to their favorite team.

“People are always taking pictures, honking, waving, everything like that,” Kurt Paschke Jr. said. “It’s a great year to have a bus like this.”

The Jetsmobile is a bit too delicate to drive the 400 miles to Pittsburgh, so it’s staying on Long Island, rallying fans on home turf like it has for years.

“I’m always proud to be a Jets fan, so win or lose, always green and white,” Kurt Jr. said.

If you weren’t able to make it to the Times Square rally, don’t worry — there will be another one Saturday at its practice facility in Florham Park, N.J. Fans will form a human tunnel to send Gang Green off to play the Steelers on Sunday.

Florham Park Police Capt. Robert Treiber said last year’s send-off drew between 4,000 and 5,000 people. Treiber said he expects at least that amount this time.

Motorists planning to use the Park Avenue-Columbia Turnpike corridor should find alternate routes between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.

The winner of Sunday’s game will play either the Chicago Bears or the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl on Feb. 6 in Dallas.

Did you attend Thursday’s rally? Will you be attending Saturday’s rally? Let us know in the comments below…

The Associated Press contributed to this story. Copyright 2011

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  • dabooch

    Bloomy-Bloomy Bloomberg I actually was impressed with the Cities snow plowing crew, ready for action on Sunday December 26 at about 1100AM, sitting on the side of the RFK bridge. I don’t know what happened after that. The same may be said of the Jets, until now they have been very impressive.

  • Scott

    The only way there would have been more heckling and booing from the Jet fans in the crowd would have been to put a picture of Mike Fran-say-so up on the big screen.

  • The Good Samaritan

    The Jets are a NY team.

    If governor Christie wants a NJ team then go form a team

    • Harold Jones of Bayonne

      Yo Good samaritan

      You keep saying they are a New York team

      We’ll keep taking the the tax revenue.

      Nice trade you fool

  • nana

    Bloomberg should be deported, can you imagine he claims we need to allow the illegals in,and the mosque to be built that is not America,.lots of luck jets hope you do win, I’m a giant fan but sure do support you guys,go jets-go jets- go jets

    • your mom

      Dear nan if thats the way you think, then why dont you tear down all catholic churches? or are you All for child molestation and protection molesters?

  • Jim

    Where the hell is Joe Willy????

  • Peppy

    The HELL with the Yankees, the HELL with the JETS and the HELL with BLOOMBERG!

    GO GIANTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jeff Rosen ret NYPD

    You’ll all forget the Jets when the Yankees win the pennant next October.

  • PHIL

    Jersey or NY=LAME

    • Jessica


  • HUGO

    Everyone knows that Bloomberg is a Red Sox and Patriots fan. Why is he showing up at a JETS rally? Bloomberg go back to Boston where you belong and don’t show your ugly face on the streets of NYC!

  • MG

    Laura B, the city is Pittsburgh. Get it right because you’re going to be saying it a lot after Sunday.

  • Ben

    p.s have at it about the type-o’s

  • Ben

    NYsportsfan says root for NYC. Sorry, NYC doesn’t have a football team. I wish they did but the fact is that the biggest and best cityin the world doesn’t have a team playing there…New Jersey does. What an shame. New Yorkers have to root foran out of state team. GO Steelers (and whomever plays the New Jersey Jets).

  • Laura B

    My son is a freshman at Slippery Rock University near Pittsburg. A lone Jets fan among rivals! He’s been a Jets fan since BIRTH. His great aunt and uncle lived next door to Namath. My son is proudly wearing his GREEN among all the black and gold. GO JETS!!!

  • albert poledri

    Unfortunely, I would love too, but living in South Florida makes it somewhat difficult to attend. But, rest assured, the South Florida Jet Club will have a rally regarless.


    albert poledrii
    miami beach

  • FLO

    all you giants fans take a seat and bow down to the greatest football franchise in NY and beyond!! Oh and that steel curtain, thats not gonna stand too long… Super Bowl champs here we come!!1 J-E-T-S!!

    • LT

      Flo, you just woke up? Giants won the Super Bowl just 3 years ago, their 3rd title. Jets haven’t won one in over 41 years. Let’s all hope you’re as enthusiatic come Monday morning after the Jets loss as you are today and not sitting on a ledge with other Jets fans.

  • voice of reason

    They should be holding the rally in New Jersey NOT times square! When the Nets moved to Jersey they were then called the New Jersey Nets. Leave it to corrupt NY to keep the New York part. When is the Jersey Govenor going to grow some balls and see to it that they become the New Jersey Jets AND the New Jersey Giants ???

    • Leroy

      Right on my brother from another mother, you da man !!

    • Dan

      They are holding another rally on the Jersey side for the Jets, on Saturday morning at their facility in Florham Park before they leave for Pittsburgh early in the afternoon. GO J-E-T-S!!

    • Misteek

      New Jersey Sucks

      • TAYLOR


    • Jessica

      because the idea of being from new jersey is simply an embarrassment…

  • dabooch

    Jets beware of Bill Triplet’s crew, they beat Baltimore by themselves last week! Good Luck.

  • FinFan

    Have your fun tonight and wait another 42 years!!!!

  • CBRO

    Will I be there? HELL NO!!! And any Giant fan who wants to see the Jets win is not a true Giant fan. I hate the Jets and as a loyal Giant fan I dislike any Giant fan who even thinks about rooting for them in any way except to loose. True Blue all the way and I hope it takes the Jets another 42 years to win a championship!

    • NYsportsfan

      Dude, grow up, you sound like a 3rd grader. Root for NYC, period…

    • Sanchez

      FinFan? When was the last time you won even a playoff game? How many rings did Marino win? Oh NONE? OK THEN. PIPE DOWN!

  • Mean Joe

    Humpty Dumpty Jets fans sit on a wall. Humpty Dumpty Jets fans will have a great fall. Steel Curtain FOREVER!!!!!!!!!!!

  • w gul

    when is the superbowl victory parade. please check Rex’s team itenerary.
    I have to know so i can request a personel day from work.
    Jets fan of 42 years .

    • Nick

      You know your a jets fan when the halloween pumkiin on your front porch has more teeth than you do……………………

  • ccolton

    I wish :/

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